Buckeyes' Wild Pitching Ends in 7-3 Loss to Wildcats
By Tony Gerdeman
first baseman Paul Snieder went 2-3 with 3 RBIs, and three Wildcat
pitchers withstood nine Ohio State hits while giving up just two
earned runs to lead the Wildcats (8-15, 1-1) in a 7-3 win over the
Buckeyes (9-11, 1-1).
State was led by second baseman Ryan Cypret who had four hits on the
day. Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, Cypret never came to the plate
with a runner in scoring position.
gotta figure something out,” Buckeye coach Greg Beals said.
got to find a way to set up the middle of the lineup and we haven't
quite found that yet. We've got to get on base. It's frustrating
when your three-hole guy has four hits and no RBIs. He was the one
trying to get things set up as opposed to driving stuff in.”
didn't need to set up any base runners because the Buckeyes were
doing the job for them. The Wildcats got their scoring started early
when Ohio State starter Dean Wolosiansky walked the first three
batters he faced, and then threw a wild pitch and gave up a single to
bring all three home. After the first inning, Northwestern led the game
3-0 and only had one hit to show for it.
Buckeyes got the second inning started well when third baseman Matt
Streng led off with a triple to centerfield. Northwestern outfielder Trevor Stevens dove
for a line drive, but the ball went under his glove and rolled to the
hitter Brad Hutton was then hit by a pitch to give the Buckeyes
runners on first and third with no outs. Catcher Greg Solomon
grounded into a double play, but Streng scored on the play to make it
State scored another run in the fourth as Solomon led off with a
bunt, then advanced to second on an error before being driven in
on a ground out following a sacrifice fly from David Corna.
the rough first inning Wolosiansky settled down and sat
Northwestern down quickly until the sixth inning. He faced two
batters in the sixth and gave up a single to his first batter and
then walked the second one, ending his day. He finished the game having
gone 5.0 innings, giving up five earned runs on just three hits. He
struck out five, but his four walks, two wild pitches, and one hit
batter did him in.
was equally impressed with his ability to get us deep into the game,
to settle in a little bit, as I was disappointed in how he started,”
put your team down 3-0 right out of the gates, that's not quite what
we're looking for from our senior captain. He did battle to stay in
the ballgame, but he put us in a really bad situation to get us
continued their scoring in the seventh inning, eventually chasing
reliever Theron Minium from the game in favor of Brett McKinney.
Minium's outing went 1.1 innings with three hits and two earned runs,
which don't include the two runners who scored that he inherited from
Wolosiansky. He also threw two wild pitches and walked a batter.
State threatened in both the eighth and ninth innings, but just
couldn't come through with the necessary bats.
baseman Josh Dezse did add an RBI ground out in the ninth inning to
cap the Buckeyes scoring on the afternoon.
got hits today, but we didn't get any offensive hits,” Beals
got set-up hits. The game is about scoring runs, it isn't about
getting hits. We're gonna scrap on offense to get hits, but a good
offense score runs. You need to hit the timely hits. We could've
given up three of those hits and get a timely hit and we score three
Even without the lack of hitting the Buckeyes seemed almost doomed
from the start with the way the pitching went. They walked five
Wildcats, hit two more, threw four wild pitches and had one passed
ball. It was not a recipe for a successful day no matter the bats.
been one of our themes, if we throw strikes and play defense, we're
going to be a tough team to beat because we're going to scrap
offensively. Today we got hits, but we didn't get the big hit when
we needed to. But the theme is throwing strikes, playing defense,
and playing good solid fundamental baseball. And that's where we
broke down. They scored seven runs, and five of those guys that
scored runs we put on base either by the walk or the hit batsman.”
rubber match of this series will be played Sunday afternoon at 2:05
and will be televised by the Big Ten Network.
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